- Seniors on the Tomahawk football team made an impression on the field last fall. The Hatchets made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and advanced further than any other Northwoods team.
Now, two Tomahawk seniors will look to continue that success on the college level.
Wide receiver Brandon Vecchio and safety Kaleb Kaminski signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Vecchio is headed to UW-Stout, and Kaminski will play at national powerhouse UW-Whitewater. Whitewater has won six national championships in Division III since 2007.
"It's nice to stay closer to home, and also the success at Whitewater is second to none," Kaminski said. "They have six national championships. It really felt like it was a good fit for me."
He expects pressure, but is excited about it.
"With every good program, they're going to have expectations, with people, the media, that kind of thing," Kaminski said. "But the slogan that they go by is 'Pound the Rock,' that you get one percent better every day."
Vecchio feels Stout is a good fit for him.
"I love the players. I love the coaches. The coaches were a little younger. You could connect with them a lot, and I really liked that," he said. "To be able to go on to the next level, I have four, four-and-a-half, five years of hopefully high-level competition, and making another run, having that community behind you."
Tomahawk coach John Larson is looking forward to watching the two play at the next level. He's also excited about the message it sends for his program.
"For us, tiny Tomahawk and our football program, that is a big deal because…that just adds motivation for those kids and helps our program in a lot of different ways," Larson said.
Tomahawk has never had two players from the same class play football in college. Larson says two or three more from this senior class might end up playing by next year.